The Ospreys have confirmed former Wales coach Mike Ruddock's appointment in a newly created role of performance director.

Ruddock, who masterminded Wales' 2005 Six Nations title and Grand Slam-winning campaign, was initially drafted in on a one-month consultancy basis, but he will now remain with the Welsh region until the end of this season.

Ex-Leinster and Ireland Under-20 boss Ruddock has completed a review at the Ospreys and will lead all rugby-related matters in his new position.

Carl Hogg and Matt Sherratt will remain in the first-team coaching set-up.

The Swansea-based side, who recently parted company with head coach Allen Clarke, have lost 13 of their 14 games so far this season, with their solitary victory coming against Guinness PRO14 opponents Benetton in mid-October.

"It's all about setting up the processes and systems we need to drive the region forward in the future," Ruddock told the Ospreys' website.

"Part of my role is to support and challenge the coaches and to look at how we strengthen the coaching team for next season.

"We have to replace Matt Sherratt, who leaves at the end of the season (to join Worcester), so we have to look at recruitment and retention for next season. That is on the coaching side and the playing side.

"But it's also about looking at the environment and having real cohesion and an alignment between all the different areas of the rugby operation, with good communication and accountability across the club in general."

As for his report on the Ospreys, Ruddock added: "It's designed to help shape the future of the Ospreys.

"Part of the report outlined the need for more manpower in and around the coaching group. That meant looking at the right coaching model for the Ospreys.

"Going forward, we will consider the model needed in greater detail and the skill-set we require to create an ongoing culture of excellence."